Postal Stamp Image : PLANNED FAMILY 0823 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 22/09/1976
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 0.25
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 0823
Postal Stamp Name : PLANNED FAMILY
Stamp Information : The Family Planning Programme in India is one of the important eleements inthe country's total strategy of socuio-economic groth. It aims, on the one hand, to create in man the urge for better life for himself and, on the other, tro make available to him some of the essential means of economic and social betterment. The basis of the programme is entireely voluntary. It must draw, on its on strength, people, particularly those living in villages, to the vaast network of primary health centres and sub-centres where health, family planning, nutrition and allied services are available for the asking. Launched officially in 1952, the family planning programme was, in the initial years, i.e. under the First Fivee Year Plan and to a considerable extent under the Second Plan also, more or less clinic based. Later, under the Third Plan, greater emphasis was placed on the extension education approach to make it community-based as well as on expansion of services to meet the demand that this approach created. The process was carried further under the Fourth Plan, Non-official organisations, including voluntary bodies, ere encouraged, given incentives and financial support, to take the programme to the door-steps of the common people and to help the government in converting it into a mass movement. Under the current Plan, integrted health, family planning and allied services have been included in the 'minimum needs programme'. High priority has been accorded to rural and backward areas. Research in bio-medical, motivational and other araes has been intensified to develop new contaceptive methods and devices. identify specific problems of specific people and design strategic and campaigns hich may prove more effective. More than 80,000 medical and other personnel are engaged in the programme today. In the rural araes alone the number of primary health centres (one for every block) and sub-centres (one for 10,000 people) exceeds 5,300 and 35,000 respectively. In the urban areas, in addition to hospitals and dispensaries, there are several family welfare planning and postpartum centres. The package of family planning services in these centres includes steerlisation, IUD and conventional contraceptives. The programme is financed by the Central Government. Its implementation is done through the State Governments. The Central Family Planning Council, of which the Union Minister of Hesalth and family Planning is the Chairman, is the apex body which helps the government in formulating broad policies and supervising their implementation from time to time. There are in India about 104 million couples in the reproductive age-group (age of wife 15-45). Nearly 19 per cent of these couples are currently protected against conception through voluntary adoption of one method or the other. The birth rate has come don from 41.7 in 1961 to 34.5 per thousand in 1974. The Fifth Plan target is to bring it down to 30. To achieve this target it is necessaary that about 35 per cent of the total number of eligible couples accept family planning. Now, as part of the National Poulation Policy, family planning has been accorded a very high place in the national order of priorities. It has been placed at the centre of all development activities and is a vital component of the total strategy of socio-economic growth. The programme has been picking up fast. The people are accepting it in increasingly large numbers and there is every hope that the birth rate of 30 per thousand set for the Fifth Plan will be achieved. The Posts and Telegraphs Department feels privileged to associate itself with the cause of family planning by bringing out a commemorative stamp.
Philatelic Stamp Description : The design of the stamp is symbolic on the theme 'Small Family- Happy Family'.
Stamp Currency : P
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.28 cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.80 X 2.0 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 50
Stamp Perforations : 14,1/2 x 1
Postal Stamp Shape : Diagonal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive stamp paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 30,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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